UKE POWER 2019 – Featured Artists
Andy’s act is an upbeat blend of dazzling instrumental artistry, foot-tapping songs and bright and breezy humour.
Born in Northern England to a musical family, Andy began performing at an early age, studying classical violin and piano. But he also developed a passion for jazz and popular music, and having taught himself ukulele he made history at Oxford University as the only musician ever to give his degree recital on the instrument! He is now considered one of the world’s foremost ukulele players and is proud to have contributed to its continuing popularity.
The great Ken Dodd gave Andy his break into theatre, and he made over 300 performances with the legendary comedian, as well as working alongside stars such as Max Bygraves, Joe Pasquale, Frank Skinner, Des O’Connor and Roy Hudd.
Andy’s one-man show is a popular attraction for cruise liners and corporate functions, and his tour schedule of major theatres and cabaret venues worldwide prompted The Stage to call him ‘the busiest man in showbusiness’. Audiences too have taken him to their hearts: two award-winning summer seasons in Blackpool have earned him the title of the resort’s ‘Top Solo Artist’.
Recently Andy has been portraying uke legend George Formby in the touring show We’ll Meet Again, and his festival appearances over the past year have taken him to Italy, Germany, The Czech Republic, Finland and Oklahoma City, USA.
Find out more about Andy at: www.AndyEastwood.com
McShane & Shaw
Chris McShane and Ralph Shaw are a match made in Penistone which is the Yorkshire market town where these two musicians grew up. They knew of each other way back when but it took till 2018 before finally playing music together. Ralph’s thirty tear move to Vancouver Canada was a big part of that and since his return the two have teamed up to form the exciting duo sound of McShane and Shaw.
Chris, a multi-instrumentalist, has significant chops on guitar, mandolin, bass guitar, ukulele and tenor banjo. An experienced teacher, composer and band member you’re as likely to hear him calling the dances at a Ceilidh as leading a thirty member folk ensemble or teaching ukulele workshops at a beautiful retreat centre. Chris’ talents are a perfect accompaniment to those of Ralph. His time in Canada was spent playing 5-string banjo, harmonica, ukulele and learning to sing. A forerunner of the ukulele movement he named himself “King” of the Ukulele” in 1997 and has toured international festivals and ukulele clubs ever since.
For years both men have been running ukulele clubs in their respective homes. Their combined sound on both ukuleles and banjos is a joy to behold as they harmonise original and familiar songs. It’s a sound that’s a little hard to categorise as they enjoy acoustic musical styles covering folk-pop, music hall, instrumental folk, doo wop, tin-pan-alley, banjo rock and disco ukulele! And it’s all served up with a warmth and skill that comes from their mutual love of live performance.
After thousands of independent live shows we are finally blessed to see these two generous entertainers together for the first time creating feel-good experiences that brim with harmony, laughter, skilled musicianship and off the cuff wit. Audiences are left beaming.
Popular, Sheffield-based singer/songwriter Nigel Parsons performs with energy, passion & humour. He plays original songs & imaginative covers of songs by some of his favourite songwriters. (Boo Hewerdine, David Bowie, Billy Bragg, Neil Young … ). He has supported some of the leading players in the folk acoustic world; Boo Hewerdine, Chris Wood, Bill Caddick, O’Hooley & Tidow …
His new album of original songs ‘Sinistralman’ is available on CD or as a download. https://nigelparsons.bandcamp.com/album/sinistralman – ‘silkily rendered and exquisitely recorded … a well-honed instinct for what makes an effective arrangement … his singing is right in the pocket, both lead and backing vox … a cut above …’ (Stirrings Magazine, March – May 2019)
‘A great and hugely underrated singer/songwriter – not to be missed’ Folk, Blues & Beyond, Hope Valley
‘Brilliant!’ – Doncaster Brewery & Tap
‘Great – book him again!’ – Roots Music Club, Doncaster
‘Brilliant night last night! – Crookes Folk Club, Sheffield
‘A seasoned and gifted and performer, performing his wonderful material at its best’ – Venue Folk, Stocksbridge
‘The Long Goodbye – great song’ – Boo Hewerdine.
Uke Power 2019 will take place at Drax Social Club – 24-26 May
The weekend will focus on workshops informal sessions and open mic concerts with a ceilidh and special guest spot on the Saturday evening.
Tickets are £35 per person for the whole weekend.
Camping is £8.50 per night per unit (tent, caravan or camper).
Drax Social Club
Telephone: 01757 618041
Friday 24th – Sunday 26th May 2019
Start Time: 7.30pm
Full timetable coming soon
Time After Time
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